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Dr Heather Williams

Research Associate

Centre for Science and Security Studies

Tel. 0207 848 1413


Doctoral Project (finished December 2014)

The Legacy of 'Trust but Verify' in U.S.-Russia Arms Control


Professor Wyn Bowen

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman


Heather Williams is a MacArthur Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King's College London. Her research focuses on arms control, strategic stability, and nuclear deterrence. Dr. Williams completed her PhD in the Department of War Studies in December 2014 on trust in U.S.-Russia strategic arms control. Until January 2015 she was a Research Fellow on Nuclear Weapons Policy at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs), where her work focused on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and humanitarian impacts of nuclear weapons. She previously worked for the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Department of Defense Chemical and Biological Defense Program. She has participated in the Center for Security and International Studies Nuclear Scholars Initiative and the Public Policy and Nuclear Threats fellowship at UC San Diego. Heather has a B.A. (hons) in International Relations and Russian Studies from Boston University and an M.A. in Security Studies from The George Washington University.

Research Interests
  • Nuclear weapons policy
  • Arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament 
  • Missile defence -US-Russia relations
  • Trust in international relations

 A list of Dr Heather William's publications can be found here 

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